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The Gold Machine by Iain Sinclair
The Gold Machine is published by Oneworld Publications in hardback at £20.

Iain Sinclair

The Gold Machine

In the Tracks of the Mule Dancers

From the award-wining author of The Last London and Lights Out for the Territory, a journey in the footsteps of our ancestors.

In The Gold Machine, Iain Sinclair and his daughter travel through Peru, guided by – and in reaction to – an ill-fated colonial expedition led by his great-grandfather, Arthur Sinclair. The incursions of Catholic bounty hunters and Adventist missionaries are contrasted with today’s ecotourists and short-cut vision seekers. The family history of a displaced Scottish highlander fades into the brutal reality of a major land grab. The historic thirst for gold and the establishment of sprawling coffee plantations leave terrible wounds on virgin territory.

What was once portrayed as an intrepid adventure is transformed into a shocking tale of the violated rights of indigenous people, secret dealings between London finance and Peruvian government, and the collusion of the church in colonial expansion. A beautiful valley is now the property of a British corporation. In Sinclair’s haunting prose, no place escapes its past, and nor can we.